Sloop Tavern Yacht Club’s (STYC) Great Pumpkin Race is Sunday, October 22, and all entry fees will benefit the Ballard Food Bank!

Whether you’re looking for festive fall flavor, simply sublime sailing, or both… STYC race organizers have once again made some calls and asked the Great Pumpkin to bring sailors wind for the now penultimate race of their season. This is a reverse start race, with boats with a PHRF-NW rating of 250 starting at 10 a.m. The long course uses almost all of the marks, and the short course is just a slice of the pie. There are separate divisions for flying sails and non-flying sails. Check out the SIs for more information.

Event coordinators have put together a fun event this year, “an” amount of candy corn, pumpkin pie, and hot cider. Carve out some time to join the fun and help a good cause!

In case you don’t podium in this race (or if you do and you’re an overachiever); there is an extra chance to satiate your Halloween gourd…STYC is having a costume contest with special prizes going to the boats with The Best Boat (Crew) Costume, Scariest Costume, and a “Sloopiest” Slooper for the individual who really squashes the rest of the competition.

The awards and celebration will be at the Ballard VFW starting at 5 p.m.

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